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US special envoy to Pakistan, Afghanistan Marc Grossman to quit

Islamabad, Wed, 05 Dec 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Nov 28 (ANI): The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, is reportedly stepping down.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself set to leave office early next year, had pulled envoy Marc Grossman out of retirement to take on the difficult job shortly after the sudden death of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke in December 2010.

"After almost two years in the position, and with Secretary Clinton's

agreement, he will return to private life," Grossman's spokeswoman Laura Lucas said.

According to the News, Lucas said that 'Clinton thanked Grossman for building a diplomatic surge" and an intense global focus, which "have put in place a network of regional and international support for Afghanistan post 2014 and into the next decade.'

"His work also helped set the conditions for an Afghan peace process that will enable Afghans to talk with other Afghans in pursuit of a negotiated settlement to end decades of conflict," Lucas added.

According to the paper, Grossman will step down next month and ambassador David Pearce, currently principal deputy special representative, will serve as the acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. (ANI)

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